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review 2018-07-10 03:26
Ghostland - where we all live
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey

Disclosure:  I accessed this book through my local public library's digital collection.  I do not know the author nor have I ever communicated with him about this book or any other matter.  I am an author of romance fiction and assorted non-fiction.

 

 

I truly enjoyed this book, and found the author's perspective both interesting and ultimately respectful of believers and skeptics alike.

 

It would be impossible, of course, for a single volume to catalogue all the thousands, perhaps millions, of alleged hauntings in this country.  Dickey can probably be accused with some justification of cherry-picking the examples he used to best illustrate his theories: among them that whether ghosts -- as the more or less embodied spirits of the dead -- are real or not, we need them.  And so we would have created them anyway even if they weren't real.

 

The aspect of the book that fascinated me the most was the way he deconstructed some of the most well-known and even well-documented hauntings, as evidence that it's in the creation of a ghostly narrative that fits what we collectively as a culture want the haunting to be that it comes alive, pun of course intended.

 

Because I'm not a fan of horror fiction -- it's all I can do to get through the least horrific Lovecraft for Halloween Bingo -- I can't say if the creation of a fictional haunting narrative follows that theory.  I do, however, think it applies to the gothic romance.  The haunting, the ghostly presence, has to integrate with the living characters in an organic way for the two stories to work with each other.

 

Recommended!

 

 

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text 2018-07-09 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 253 out of 401 pages.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey

This is proving to be one of those books that brings together a lot of old friends.  There are references to James W. Loewen and Frederic Jameson and Walter Benjamin.

 

Loewen, of course, is contemporary and accessible.  I can't recommend enough his Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America.

 

Jameson is less accessible, but then he is a theorist more than a commentator, imho.

 

Even before Dickey mentioned Walter Benjamin, I distinctly felt his influence -- his spirit? -- from The Arcades Project, a good portion of which I read in grad school.  I still have his Reflections, one of the texts for that particular (and particularly annoying) class, because the texts were far better than the instructor.  (Yes, I'm lookin' at you, Arthur Sabatini.)

 

I've reached the part in Ghostland that deals with haunted cities, and it's almost impossible not to have a slideshow of abandoned Detroit buildings running through my imagination.

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-31 16:41
Book Review for Maybe Don't Wanna by Lani Lynn Vale
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Maybe Don't Wanna
Series: The Simple Man Series #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: May 4, 2018
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Peter Parker Penn.
 
Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.
 
In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.
 
Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.
 
To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.
 
For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do—mostly. And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.
 
Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.
 
Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.
 
One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.
 
Yet she won’t listen.
 
She’s convinced that she can save him.
 
Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.


 
Let's start off by saying that I just love this author's books as each and every-time I read something of hers she just wow's me.
 
Right from the beginning of this story Kayla and Janie had me laughing up a storm and out loud more than once and I continued just that to the very end of the story.I loved the story from the beginning to the very end and everything in between.
 
What I loved most about this story was the amazing cast of character's that it had.I also loved Kayla's and Janie's  friendship as these two together where just a hoot as they made you laugh and cry and the bond and love between them was just heart warming. Omg! and their
childhood pack that Janie and Kayla made when they were children were still to be honored between them even in adulthood so says Janie.An example of that was Kayla had two years to have a child so that their children could be best friends just like them.
 
One of the funniest moments for me in this story was when Kayla totally straight faced and serious looked to Janie and spoke "So does that mean your husband is going to be the sperm donor?"
 
(referring to their pack promises)
 
Just a priceless moment and oh so funny!
 
I also have to say that the bewilderment on Rafe face when said question was asked is priceless as well not really realizing all that was going on around him and his shocked expressions followed by giggles.You have to know Jake's character beforehand to realized just hope priceless this moment really was.
 
(lol and grins)
 
I always pick a favorite character and mine this time around is going to be Kayla Omg! Kayla's character made me laugh the entire story and I just loved her from the onset of the story.I found her to be funny,witty and had a sense of humor,love-able and she also had and an amazing personality and highly protective of those she loved.
 
I loved the story itself and although it made me laugh quite a bit the story itself was filled with tons of heart wrenching moments.Both character's Kayla and Parker lost almost all their loved ones and dealing with their losses took a toll on both of these characters.Parker's heartache was more pronounced as his choices in life lead to him being parted from some of those family members.I loved that Parker changed his life for the better and made a difference the best way he could.I loved how he was with Kayla as it was the first time in a really long time did he started to feel again and opened up to one he learned to trust to speak about his regrets and past.Loved that he felt happiness not darkness.I loved how he opened up to Kayla and showed her just who he believed himself to be the good and the bad.
 
I loved how the romance developed between Kayla and Parker and how a beautiful friendship between them turned into so much more.Kayla and Parker were perfect for one another and just what the other needed age difference be damned.
 
The bottom-line is "I loved the super sweet love story and how the author created the perfect ending to a amazing story that had me bawling my eyes out."
 
I love when you can connect with the characters you read about and I did just that as I loved Kayla and Parker right from the onset of the story.Overall the whole book had a cast of amazing characters that made us laugh and well as cry creating the perfect mix.
 
A recommend read to all!
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 9, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-25 01:59
Goodreads, some booktubers and Common sense media don't want you to know of the sex and language
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

At the moment of posting this my goodreads review for A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES  has 131 likes so it should appear on the second page of that site. That isn't the case and I wonder one more time for the reasons goodreads employees are trying to cover up the information and reviews that can help readers make informed decisions. My Tower of dawn review by this same author rhas been supressed from the first page of reviews even though it currently has 265 likes.

I also want to point out that this book portrays abusive relationships (Feyre and her older sisters, Feyre and her two love interests)and torture by one of the love interests. That isn't a reason for not reading the book, it's just something you should know as many booktubers and reviewers aren't commenting on these kind of problematic content. If that doesn't bother you I highly recommend this series. Please don't take my word for it, do your own research.

 

Here are the links to the reviews that were censored by goodreads team

 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1272748928
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450852

 

 

My review will contain spoilers.

 

descriptionUPDATE APRIL 12TH ADDING PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND SAFETY WARNINGS because kirkus reviews, some GR librarians and most booktubers won't tell you the truth. This is a New adult book not as close to erotica as ACOMAF but still. I'm also changing my original 5 rating to a 3.5 rating


PARENTAL GUIDANCE
SEX/NUDITY 8 out 10 Descriptive make outs. Heroine is sleeping with a villager at the beginning of the book but it's not a graphic scene, some nudity descriptions, a graphic sex scene,including oral, between Tamlin and Feyre . Ritual sex is mentioned as part of a ceremony called Calanmai 


VIOLENCE/GORE 7 out of 10  descriptions of torture to heroine, some of it by one of the love interests (Rhysand), a villager is burned alive during days because the villains mistook her for the heroine. The elder sisters of the heroine are emotionally abusive and unhelpful, they reap the benefits of heroine's sacrifices for themselves without lifting a finger. 

PROFANITY 5/10 some curse words, some sexual references

SUBSTANCE USE 6/10 as every single character in this book is 19 or older or a milleneal ancient fae alcohol consumption is present. Mostly at meals and during a ceremony called Calanmai


SAFETY WARNINGS, possible spoilers for the rest of the series

In this series we have two heroes: Tamlin is the love interest in book 1 and he has sex with another woman after meeting the heroine because it's part of a certain FAE ceremony that keeps fae strong. They aren't together yet so it's not exactly cheating but that's the reason I didn't connect with Tamlin. Well the OW sex and the whole begging- on-his- knees- to- a -rival- for- the -heroine's -safety. That was just stupid. 

In book 2 the love interest switches, Rhysand who appears as the villain in book 1 becomes love interest and Tamlin becomes a jerk, no one roots for Tamlin after chapter 4 because he acts stupidly. But we get a very graphic sex scene of heroine and Tamlin together at the beginning of A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. As someone who is team rhysand I didn't enjoy that sex scene. I got very happy with the rest of the book because Tamlin dissapears and later there's a lot of sex with Rhysand, but yeah, this is an unsafe read. 


So my original rating changes to 3.5 I can't rate lower in spite of the safety issues because book 2 is one of my all time favourites.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1272748928
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review 2018-03-30 00:04
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru
White Tears - Hari Kunzru

It was difficult to read the first half or so of this book because the protagonist (Seth) and his best (and only) friend (Carter) are aggravatingly ignorant of their appropriation of black culture. They're even more offensive for thinking they're woke or genuine in their fetishistic consumption of the rarest blues, at least in Carter's case. Seth is less than sympathetic in his own distinct way; he's such a follower that he barely has a personality of his own. As little as I could bear the privileged Carter, Seth is consequently even harder for me to care about given that he follows Carter like a puppy. I don't know what to make of the fact that both have or have had mental health issues. And I don't know what to make of Seth's thing for Carter's sister.

 

I patiently waited for these guys to get some sort of comeuppance. When it came, it was a whirlwind of genres, a mishmash of past and present, a blurring of identities. Formally, stylistically, this novel took off, grabbing me by the collar. It was hard to put down. I hadn't known what to expect at the beginning, which is a gift for a reader. I do think at times the cues or signals were overdone; we could have been better trusted to follow the shifts in time and perspective. But what a ride.

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